Unfortunately, domestic violence is an issue in nearly every community – and ours is no exception. Whether a Stark County teen witnesses domestic abuse or experiences it themselves, it is important that they are armed with the knowledge to report the violence and get to safety.
Aside from the physical harm caused by domestic violence, the emotional damage can be far more severe and long-lasting. For young people who are transitioning from victim to survivor, the fallout often includes ongoing mental trauma and emotional stress.
If you are currently experiencing or recovering from violence in the home, consider seeking the safety of a shelter, talking one-on-one with a counselor or joining a local support group. Remember, recovery looks different for everyone, so take the time to discover what works best for you.
For urgent or severe domestic violence concerns, call the crisis hotline right away. Intake specialists are available 24 hours a day to offer free, confidential resources.
According to Cleveland Clinic Mercy Hospital, you should follow these steps to ensure you get the care you need after an assault:
You can expect the following when you seek treatment through the HAVEN program at Mercy Medical Center: